Consult with a St. Louis car accident attorney if you have sustained injuries in a car accident and need compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.
The knee is one of those body parts that are most susceptible to injury in a car accident. The knee can bang against the dashboard, the steering column, the door, or any other place in the car due to the impact of the collision and sustain an injury. There are various types of knee injuries, and treatment varies with type and severity of injury. The severity of a knee injury depends on the force of the impact, speed at the time of impact, the angle at which your knee has hit the dashboard or other place in the vehicle.
Symptoms of Knee Injury
If you are involved in a car accident, you should get a physical examination done to rule out any injuries, especially knee injuries, as certain injuries are not felt immediately after the impact and the symptoms start showing after a period of time. The pain may be mild initially and can get worse eventually, impacting the day to day life as the knee becomes unstable and starts affecting normal walking and other activities.
• Pain in the knee ranging from mild to severe.
• Difficulty while walking.
• Clicking or popping sounds from the knee.
• Locking of knee or restricted motion of the knee joint.
• Swelling and tenderness of the knee.
• Pain while squatting.
• Instability and knee is unable to bear weight of the body.
Treatment of Knee Injury
Treatment for a knee injury varies with the severity of the injury. The first treatment for minor injuries is RICE, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This helps in reducing the swelling of the knee and thereafter a doctor is able to carry out a correct diagnosis to ascertain the extent of injury. An X-ray or MRI is conducted by the doctor to gauge the severity of the damage. In case of minor injury like a sprain, the doctor may prescribe some pills for pain and swelling accompanied with lots of rest, as healing can occur only when the knee is immobile.
A severe knee injury like a ligament tear also follows a similar treatment like a sprain. However, the treatment continues for a prolonged period and is followed by physical therapy. A ligament tear treatment on the other hand may involve surgery.
Receiving Compensation for Medical Expenses
Treatment for a severe knee injury is quite expensive and unfortunately, some accident victims do not have medical insurance to pay for the bills. Contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for legal guidance.
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